#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 9, 2019

by HRC Staff

Over 200 businesses now support the Equality Act; Maine House passes measure protecting LGBTQ youth from dangerous “conversion therapy.”

HRC ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY ACT FROM MORE THAN 200 BUSINESSES: The bipartisan Equality Act would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws. “Every LGBTQ person deserves to earn a living, raise their families and live their lives free from discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “And these leading companies know that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do -- it’s also good for business.” Read more from HRC.

  • HRC and business leaders also joined the New Democrat Coalition (@NewDemCoalition) yesterday to announce its endorsement of the Equality Act. Watch here.

MAINE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES MEASURE PROTECTING LGBTQ YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “It is heartening to see the Maine House of Representatives stand up for LGBTQ youth by passing this critical legislation that will protect some of the most vulnerable Mainers from an extremely damaging practice,” said Xavier Persad, HRC senior legislative counsel. “Now, the Senate should act quickly to pass this legislation and send it to the governor’s desk.” Read more from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- RYAN O’CONNELL RECEIVES VISIBILITY AWARD AT HRC ATLANTA GALA:  As a gay man with cerebral palsy and an actor, writer and producer, O’Connell (@ryanoconn) has been an outspoken advocate for both the LGBTQ community and people living with disabilities. Netflix’s new show Special, based on his 2015 memoir, is a coming-of-age comedy about navigating sexuality and disability. Check out his full speech here.

GENERIC VERSION OF PrEP WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020 -- ONE YEAR EARLIER THAN EXPECTED: PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily pill that prevents HIV infection. Read more from NBC Out and the Advocate.

BODILY AUTONOMY IS VITAL FOR INTERSEX YOUTH: “Our attachment to the idea of a “normal” body -- a body that falls neatly within the gender binary -- is driving surgeries on intersex infants and children (absent a true medical necessity),” writes Afshan Jafar (@afshanjafar), associate professor of sociology at Connecticut College, for The New York Times.

INVESTIGATION INTO WYOMING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMS TROUBLING ANTI-LGBTQ AND RACIST HARASSMENT AND BULLYING: In addition, the investigation found that students with disabilities were also targeted and concluded that staff at Cheyenne’s McCormick Junior High School had violated school district policy in their response to the incidents. The school district is holding a community meeting May 23 to discuss next steps, and is planning cultural competency training for school staff. Read Morgan Hughes’ (@morganhwrites) report in the Casper Star Tribune.

  • In related developments, the school’s principal has been removed, and a substitute teacher -- who is the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance co-sponsor -- has been reinstated after being fired for reporting the harassment and bullying. Read more from the Casper Star Tribune and The Torrington Telegram.

BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO PUSH TENNESSEE TO EMBRACE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from Bloomberg.

POTENTIAL MERGER OF UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’S SAN FRANCISCO HOSPITAL WITH CATHOLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM WOULD JEOPARDIZE HEALTHCARE FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: More from LGBTQ Nation.

  • According to data from a 2016 report by MergerWatch, 14.5% of all acute care hospitals in the U.S. are Catholic-owned or -affiliated. Read the full report here.

HRC REMEMBERS ILENE BRENNER DUNN, LGBTQ ALLY AND ADVOCATE IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA): More from Out in SA.

HORRIBLE -- PRIDE FLAG BURNED OUTSIDE LGBTQ STORE, SAME GENDER LOVE, IN BALTIMORE, MD: More from the Baltimore Sun.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC GLOBAL DIRECTOR TY COBB (@tywesleycobb) TO BE HONORED AT CENTER GLOBAL’S ANNUAL RECEPTION TODAY: More from the Washington Blade.

IN NEW ANALYSIS, LONDON-BASED INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE FINDS OLDER LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE LONLIER AND IN POORER HEALTH THAN STRAIGHT PEERS: More from Reuters.

PEDRO GUTIÉRREZ, INNOVADOR GLOBAL DE HRC, HABLÓ SOBRE SU EXPERIENCIA EN LA CUMBRE GLOBAL DE HRC 2019 Y LOS DESAFÍOS DEL ACTIVISMO LGBTQ: Más de ElTiempo.

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